Ryzen 5 1400 Review
Although we’ve largely plumbed the depths of AMD’s latest processors, the wallet friendly Ryzen 5 1400 has begging to be benchmarked. Without telling you the same part again, this write up will be an extension of our original Ryzen 5 review, which looked at the 1600X and 1500X.
Up to now it is pretty well established that the Ryzen 5 1600 (non X) provides a value that is virtually unchallenged among enthusiasts processors. So, we’ve yet to determine the next best option for those users who can’t afford to spend $220 on AMD’s six-core champion.
For around $170, the quad core Ryzen 5 1400 may be the next logical choice behind the 1600, although it’s not the next Ryzen chip in line by price. The quad core flagship Ryzen 1500X is currently set at around $200, but if that seems attractive for users then they should just probably talk themself into the six core Ryzen 1600 for another $30, especially if it’s for gaming.
A key benefit of the Ryzen 1500X over the Ryzen 5 1400 is that it equip double the L3 cache, which makes little difference in gaming performance. This is truly given that budget shoppers will likely pair the Ryzen 5 1400 with a middle range graphics card, rather than one such as the $700 GTX 1080 Ti.
As we’ve said previously, saving every dollar will really helps with lower end builds & while having the full 16MB L3 cache would be better, it is purposeless if you don’t actually see more performance.
If you can’t prove $220 for 1600, then the Ryzen 5 1400 appears to be a great alternative solution for the gamers, who would be benefit more than enough from investing the savings in a better GPU. Thus, the $50 that separates the Ryzen 1600 & Ryzen 5 1400 could mean the difference between owning a GTX 1050 & RX 570 for example.
By comparing, building an Intel machine on the same budget would net you around $190 Core i5-7400 or may be around $170 Core i3-7350K, with the i5 being the more cost effective option, performance as fast or faster than the overclocked 4.8GHz 7350K.
So then, we have a battle between sub $200 quad core processor’s in AMD’s corner stands the Ryzen 5 1400, while in Intel’s side the Core i5-7400 has stepped in.
To test these new chips, we installed the Ryzen 5 1400 on a B350 motherboard using DDR4-2933 memory, while the Core i5-7400 sat on an Intel B250 board with DDR4-2400 memory.
Both sets up cost roughly the same, though the Ryzen CPU has the advantage of overclocking support & can push all cores to around 3.7GHz, possibly even 3.8GHz, even with its little 65 watt Wraith Stealth cooler.
|AMD RYzen CPU||Cores/Threads||L3||TDP||Base||Turbo||XFR||Overclocking Unlocked|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.6GHz||4.0GHz||4.0GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700||8/16||16MB||65W||3.0GHz||3.7Ghz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||6/12||16MB||95W||3.3GHz||3.7GHz||3.7GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1500||6/12||16MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1400X||4/8||8MB||65W||3.5GHz||3.9GHz||3.9GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1300x||4/8||8MB||65W||3.1GHz||3.4GHz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1200X||4/4||8MB||65W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1100||4/4||8MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes|